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15-08-02 news
Gwyneth Laments the British Male...

Actress Gwyneth Paltrow has complained the British male is useless when it comes to the dating game. So, we think she should start looking for an Irish man!

The Hollywood star is happy to say yes if a man invites her out for dinner but during her last visit to Britain only two plucked up the courage to ask her on a date, she said.

"I did get asked out a couple of times on my last trip to London and I went out on both. They were very charming. I only go for the toffs," she said.

But she told Now magazine: "British people don't seem to ask each other out on dates. If someone asks you out, they're really going out on a limb, whereas in America it happens all the time. Someone will come up to you and ask you for dinner and you'll say 'sure'. It's no big deal and no weight should be attached to it. It's only dinner, for God's sake. Yet in Britain, mostly what happens seems to be that people meet at work. If there's a little something there, then they hang out together and, all of a sudden, they're boyfriend and girlfriend."

One of the "toffs" who Paltrow shared dinner with was British actor James Purefoy, star of A Knight's Tale. The 29-year-old actress was last in London for her performance in Proof at the Donmar Warehouse. Her comments follow an article by Canadian journalist Leah McLaren lamenting the dating skills of British men.

According to McLaren, they are "repressed homosexuals" who "live in abject fear of being left alone with an unknown woman".

"After going out with roughly a dozen single men in London, I have come to the conclusion that the modern English male knows little to nothing about courtship, and what he does know frightens him," she wrote in The Spectator.

Paltrow, who has had high-profile romances with actors Ben Affleck and Brad Pitt, said she wished there was less interest in her love life.

In the interview, she said: "If there's one 30th birthday present I'd wish for myself, it's that in future I can be known more for my acting and less for my private life. I came in to my twenties feeling very naive. I went into this business completely open-minded, not knowing what life was going to be like, either work-wise or personally. It's been dizzying in a way. I've watched, horrified, as people have got things wrong about my private life and assumed that I've been dating this guy or that. I can't have a male friend walk me to a car without his life being turned upside down. I've felt bad about how it hurts others, but I've given up reading about how they handle it. I've been the centre of gossip so much over the last few years, the only way I can deal with it is by not reading about it."

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